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Hello. My experience is mainly in Japanese martial arts including Japanese Swordsmanship and how it applies to open hand/self defense. I have also studied a few Korean styles and may be able to answer basic questions concerning them. General questions from beginners, intermediate, or advanced students are acceptable as are more specific questions. Martial arts are my passion and I love sharing.

Experience in the area

I have been studying martial arts for 17 years. I received my first black belt in Hwarang-Do. Next I obtained a black belt in Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido and a 1st kyu in Aiki Tora Ryu Aikido. I continued my studies with Tang Soo Do earning 1st gup and finally found the style I now teach: Kan Ryu Taitokudo. I hold a Yondan (4th degree black belt) in it.


In the process of being published in Black Belt Magazine and Art of the Warrior Magazine


4th dan in Kan Ryu Taitokudo, Shodan in Hwarang-do and Muso Shinden Ryu Iaido, and 1st kyu/gup in Aiki Tora Ryu Aikido and Tang Soo Do

Awards and Honors

Instructor of the Year - Iaido in 2000 from the International Grandmaster's Sokeship Hall of Fame

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2012-10-12 Live-in Kenjutsu program:

Marshall,     Thank you for the question. It seems that programs in kenjutsu are hard to come by, however, there may be more luck with Aikido. If this isn't of interest to you, it may still be worth contacting

2012-05-20 Live-In Martial Arts Academy in Japan:

Dayna,     Thank you for your question. In Japanese, this kind of program is called uchi-deshi, live-in student. Typically, this kind of a program would require a personal introduction to an instructor

2010-09-06 Learn as much in one year in Japan:

The live in student situation you seek is called "uchideshi." Although, it is uncommon for chores to pay for both lessons and room/board. This doesn't mean the situation doesn't exist. It would be a good

2010-09-06 Learn as much in one year in Japan:

If I understand you correctly, you are asking if it is feasible to travel to Japan and study martial arts. Is this correct?    If so, let me start by saying how great of an idea this is! Any opportunity

2010-08-16 Armour vs Martial Arts:

Dear Nishant,     Thank you for your question. I will do my best to answer what I understand your inquiries to be.    1. Is armor better than martial arts? In twenty years of training, I don't think I


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